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Sylvia Chi

Senior Strategist

Sylvia is a Senior Fellow/Strategist on federal policies and financing.  Her role is to further policy innovation, foster peer-learning, and help to build greater policy capacity for BIPOC-Frontline groups.  Sylvia Chi is an attorney and climate/environmental justice policy expert based in Oakland. She previously served as Policy Director for Asian Pacific Environmental Network, and before that, was Independent Counsel with Verdant Law, advising on chemical regulatory and green marketing compliance. She has also worked with the International Refugee Assistance Project, Environmental Law Institute, U.S. EPA, and United States Senate. She currently leads on policy advocacy and implementation for the California Public Banking Alliance and was a principal co-author of AB 857 (2019), establishing a licensing framework for public banks in California. She earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and A.B. from Dartmouth College.